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Evan White Seattle Mariners

Evan White (1B) SEA - May. 22

White, who has remained in Arizona while play has been suspended, should be one of the players that resumes working out at the Mariners' spring training facility next week, Greg Johns of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The Mariners will be allowed to reopen their facility in Peoria beginning early next week, and small group workouts will be permitted. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports White has been one of several players that has been able to regularly work out and hit at a facility near Seattle's spring complex, but it appears he'll now have a chance to resume his training with full access to all necessary equipment and accessories. 

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Jose Alvarado Tampa Bay Rays

Jose Alvarado (P) TB - May. 22

Alvarado is one of several Rays players with plenty to prove in 2020, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The hard-throwing left-hander had a largely forgettable 2019 campaign that included a multi-week absence to tend to his ailing mother in Venezuela. The bulk of Alvarado's struggles came during the latter part of the season, as he posted a 9.95 ERA over his last 17 appearances. Alvarado did enter spring with a much clearer mind because he was able to move his parents to the United States during the offseason, and he certainly has the tools for a resurgence in the form of a 98 mph fastball, along with a cutter, sinker and curveball. However, it's worth noting the 25-year-old also endured a rocky Grapefruit League stint before play was paused, as he posted an 8.31 ERA and walked four batters over 4.1 innings across five appearances. 

Alex Patton Alex

At the risk of preaching heresy against our new-found doctrine, in looking at the next battle, 2016, I think I can see paths to winning without dumping anything. Half-dumping might work better, as might an 8-point per cat strategy. Which I couldn't pull off when I tried it in the first draft. But there is less position scarcity in 2016, and a lot of sameness in the stats generally. The homogenized game had taken over.

Gene McCaffrey GeneM
Scooter Gennett Cincinnati Reds

Some interesting info out of the local Sarasota paper today regarding why Scooter didn't sign over the winter/spring.  Texpope has made some good points in the past regarding good-but-not-great veterans having a tough time in free agency, and Gemnett is a prime example...

"Gennett details that he did receive some offers, but they were either non-guaranteed or not to his liking from a financial standpoint. The top offer he received was a $1.5MM guarantee with incentives, but he’d been targeting a deal in the $5MM range. "

In retrospect, not such a good call unless you wanna retire at age 30.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Jerry Sloan's death almost bumped me.  Pushed me back a few minutes.  I will post if there is a clip available. 

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Caleb Joseph Arizona Diamondbacks

On April 29, 2015 in Camden Yards...

(Chris) Davis tossed balls to nonexistent fans between innings. Caleb Joseph, then the Orioles catcher, gave imaginary high-fives and signed make-believe autographs.

Alex Patton Alex

The key paragraph:

Sure, social media, gambling and fantasy leagues stir fan interest. U.F.C., NASCAR, golf, German soccer and some other sports are holding competitions without fans on hand. And baseball leagues in South Korea and Taiwan have found early-season television audiences despite empty stadiums. But without live spectators for an extended period, traditional games risk being reduced to mathematics with trading cards, especially once the novelty of sports’ return wears off.

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Ryan Helsley (P) STL - May. 21

Helsley has been able to keep track of key individual metrics with the use of a Rapsodo pitching unit during his throwing sessions while spring training has been suspended, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: A Rapsodo unit enables pitchers to track important performance data such as spin rate, shape and release point when engaging in any type of throwing, and Helsley utilized one throughout his offseason training in an effort to improve on what was a solid rookie campaign in 2019. The 25-year-old posted a 2.95 ERA across 36.2 innings over 24 appearances, and he followed it up with a 1.29 ERA in four Grapefruit League turns before spring training was suspended. During the ongoing shutdown, Helsley has utilized the Rapsodo to help him refine a changeup that he's attempting to add to a repertoire that already includes a high-90s fastball and 88 mph cutter, honing in on the ideal spin rate (1,500 revolutions per minute) and release point with the assistance of the unit. Helsley was thought to be in strong contention for save chances when play was paused, but the projected early July regular-season start date means closer Jordan Hicks (elbow) may be ready to return to game action within the first month of the campaign. 

Alex Patton Alex

Short notice, but i'll be on 670 the Score in Chicago (all times Central) to discuss MLB's proposal and its proxies in the media.

TFW you realize it's the Friday of a long holiday weekend. LET'S GET WILD & STAY INSIDE.

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Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals

Kolten Wong (2B) STL - May. 21

Wong, who initially stayed behind in Jupiter, Florida when spring training was suspended, has been working out in the St. Louis area for some time, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The veteran second baseman has been able to regularly take groundballs as part of his activities according to Goold, and he's presumably gotten hitting work in some form as well. Given his current location, Wong projects to be one of the players that's present for the small group workouts at Busch Stadium that the Cardinals will be allowed to conduct beginning next week. Wong  was building plenty of momentum before play was paused, as he hit .333 (7-for-21) over 10 Grapefruit League contests.


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Brent Honeywell Jr Tampa Bay Rays

Brent Honeywell (P) TB - May. 21

Honeywell underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve Wednesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, was to remove scar tissue from the area of the nerve. Honeywell is scheduled to begin strength and mobility exercises Monday in Port Charlotte. He is without a timetable to return to the mound, and given the fact he was coming back from a multi-year absence anyway, it is unlikely we see Honeywell pitching in the majors at any point in 2020. 

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Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays
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Howard Lynch LynchMob

I see your point Gene. I dumped Wins and Ks the first two rounds, but didn't quite get the ball across the line, but in the first one (1982) I made sure to buy enough innings to make the case I was playing it straight (I wasn't sure what the rule was and didn't want to ask while we were playing), and did the same in 1990, knowing there was no rule, though a little less enthusiastically. Jeff W took 2 pitchers in the first 13 rounds, which is the right way to do it. He might be right when he says, it may not work if two teams do it, but making teams buy a certain number of innings in some ways creates more strategies within the limitation, rather than the brute force of buying 500 super innings with saves.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

I'm not sure there should be an innings limit -  I'm not flat opposed, but since dumping something seems to be a requirement for winning my default position is to leave all options open. What works in 1999 is no sure thing to work in another year. I propose leaving the rules as they are for another round and see what happens.

Howard - I know, but the Runs just weren't there that I could see, and I was fighting for every last one. I needed one OF and an MI. Warren Morris was a no-brainer at that point and the only OF alternative to Tony Phillips was Erstad, and I was worried that the RBI issue wasn't settled yet. Turns out Erstad would have left me a few Runs short anyway.

Gene McCaffrey GeneM

Howard: before I started.

This is a very tough game that requires many skills, quite a few of which I lack. 

There's no official clock but there definitely is one. From the middle of the draft on, finding just the right player requires jumping around in your spreadsheet and making seat of the pants calculations. I'm bad at both.

But at least in this, my third try, I bought some hitters! For the first two rounds I followed my plan to buy the best players available -- who happened to be pitchers -- and then I pushed hard for a four-category offense (no steals).

I think I was in last place after six rounds. Then the offense reached the rest of the pack and I started to climb.

Lo and behold, in round 16, I was in first!

Was I fooled?

Maybe a little. But not really. I had packed in a lot of offense at the corners and in the outfield and had yet to buy a catcher or middle infielder.

I kept meaning to give a nod to position scarcity, but just before I picked Ed Taubensee, for instance, somebody else picked him. I bought another outfielder. I even filled my DH spot (with Mike Sweeney).

It was just a matter of time, in the last third of the draft, before teams I had passed in the hitting categories, would pass me back. Where the weak middle infield and catching corp really hurt me was in the runs category.

I didn't think you could compete in RBIs and batting average without being at least okay in runs. Turns out you can.

We play this game to learn something. I'm not sure it will help me in a real-life draft but it might.

Alex Patton Alex
Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves

Sees Tom Glavine quoted in article saying to be careful because players "could be blamed even if they were right."

Immediately, the Phil Collins' line jumps into my head "If I saw you were drowning, I would not lend a hand."

Yeah, I'm still not over 94/95 yet.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

Agree there should be a minimum innings total. Not sure that dumping Wins and Strikeouts is a total winner. But dumping something is important, whether you quit from the git go or give it a round or two to decide.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

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